Lundin Norway has secured approval from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) to start production on the Edvard Grieg field in production licence 338 of the North Sea.

According to the company, production is scheduled to begin in accordance with the plan for development and operation (PDO).

Located on the Utsira High, about 35km south of the Grane and Balder fields, the field is developed with a standalone processing platform on a steel-jacket structure.

Edvard Grieg oil pipeline (EGOP) will be used to transport oil from the field to the Grane pipeline and then on to the Sture Terminal, north of Bergen.

"Oil and gas produced at Ivar Aasen will be routed through the same transport systems."

The gas will be transported through a separate Utsira High gas pipeline (UHGP), which is connected to the transport system Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (Sage) in the UK sector.

Recently, the NPD approved the start-up of the EGOP and UHGP transport systems.

Initially, it was decided that that the development solutions for Edvard Grieg and the neighbouring Ivar Aasen fields should be coordinated to proceed with their development.

Set to be processed on Edvard Grieg, oil and gas produced at Ivar Aasen will be routed through the same transport systems.

The field is expected to start production in 2016, and will receive power from Edvard Grieg.

Image: The Edvard Grieg field will be put in place towards the end of this year, whereas the start-up of Ivar Aasen is slated for 2016. Photo: courtesy of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.